Over the weekend, the final congressional race of 2012 was resolved: Representative Charles Boustany Jr. was reelected, defeating Representative Jeff Landry, 61 percent to 39 percent, in a runoff.
The AP summarizes:
The district design favored Boustany, a traditional Republican candidate allied with House Speaker John Boehner. Landry, a freshman congressman, was the tea party favorite, but he was unable to build enough grassroots support to oust Boustany.
Pearson Cross, chairman of the political science department at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, said Boustany was the “de-facto incumbent” throughout the race.
“Most voters in the district have voted for Charles Boustany, think he’s done a good job, are comfortable with him,” Cross said.